In March 2010, MVTV Wireless was happy to announce that we were awarded funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Since then we have been hard at work upgrading and expanding in accordance with ARRA.
There are 3 main sections to the ARRA stimulus project.
- Upgrade the current system: We have completed upgrading the 11 areas within our existing system. The upgrades have quadrupled our back-haul capacity.
- Add new access points: The plan called for 34 new sites to be built in communities that were previously un-served or under-served. As of November 3rd, 2011 we have completed 33 of the 34 new areas with the last one in Nicollet, MN being installed within the next few days. MVTV will continue to expand our service area far past our specified project. We have several more new service areas in the works.
- Service new customers: Lastly the plan calls for adding an additional minimum 1500 new subscribers to our expanding system. Since April 2010 we have added over 1000 new subscribers, 236 of these new installs qualify under the stimulus project.
Internet Service, New Access in Nicollet, MN!
One of ARRA’s main objectives is to stimulate economic growth through job creation. Due to our expansion, through our ARRA project, we have grown to employ 8 full-time positions. To meet the needs of our growing customer base we have added 4 new service technicians and a new office person within the last 6 months.
While so many funded projects have yet to get off the ground, we are excited to say we have fulfilled almost all of the ARRA expectations. Most of all, we are happy to have to opportunity to expand MVTV to help serve more of rural Southern and Southwestern Minnesota.